The global tunable diode laser analyzer market was valued at USD 367.2 million in 2015. The rapid industrialization across emerging economies such as India and China from the Asia Pacific region drives the demand for TDLAs in the region.
Tunable diode laser analyzers are extensively used in measuring the composition of industrial emissions for the detection of toxic gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and carbon along with oxygen and water. TDLAs operate by gauging the amount of light that is absorbed as it travels through the gas being measured. With no moving parts and no sensor contact involved in the process, such analyzers have low rates of failures and a long-term low cost of ownership.
Increasing demand for the measurement of toxic gasses in emissions and growing concerns regarding the ill effect of hazardous gasses in the environment around industrial areas, mines, or in oil and gas fields are driving the demand of TDLAs. Moreover, TDLAs are extensively used across applications in hydrocarbon processing and power generation.
Vendors are offering compact tunable diode analyzers that comprehensively cater to a range of industry applications. These fast-update optical analyzers offer measurements for process gas, flue gas, impurity analysis throughout upstream, midstream and downstream activities with support for in-situ and extractive methods of measurement.
However, high R&D costs along with the lack of awareness regarding such advanced technology are anticipated to challenge the industry growth. Moreover, the availability of low price competitive gas analyzing technologies, such as infrared gas analyzers, and thermal & evolved gas analyzers, may hamper its growth prospects over the next eight years.
TDLAs are capable of detection and measurement of gas concentration even at very low concentration levels. Advanced TDLAs provide precise information regarding the chemical composition of gaseous composition and are enabled with in-situ measurements, putting it directly in contact with the subject material. Such in-situ measurement-type TDLAs provide highly accurate and precise analysis and, thus, have eradicated the requirement of the conventional sample extraction and conditioning. The in-situ type accounted for over 65% of the overall industry and is expected to remain the dominant segment over the forecast period.
North America TDLA market by industrial application, 2014 - 2024 (Revenue, USD Million)
Other measurement types, such as the extractive method, involves extracting a sample stream from the process and is then transferred to a conditioning system before its measurement and analysis. In few cases, the sample taken cannot be fed directly to an analyzer and requires conditioning, which may alter sample gas properties and cause errors in making process decisions. The aforementioned issues and lack of accuracy in measurement associated with other methods of measurement are driving the adoption of the in-situ measurement method.
The oil & gas industrial application segment dominated the global TDLA demand and was valued at over USD 85 million in 2015 which can be attributed to the rising demand for the low concentration gas detection and complex hydrocarbon gas detection across process activities in oil fields and the petrochemical industry.
TDLAs are extensively used across natural gas and LNG plants for the easy detection and removal of moisture in the gas streams between various processes. The measurement of moisture content is crucial for petrochemical companies to meet the quality specifications and to protect pipelines from corrosion. Moreover, TDLAs are primarily employed in refineries for the detection of corrosive sulfur compounds, which may incur the high cost of operation and maintenance for the process infrastructure.
The healthcare industry application is expected to foresee a substantial growth in the demand over the next decade. The segment is estimated to grow the fastest at a CAGR of over 9% over the forecast period. TDLAs are increasingly being used for the accurate and rapid sample gas analysis, thus driving the demand across the industry.
The Asia Pacific region is expected to emerge as a predominant market, accounting for over 35% of the global demand for TDLA devices in 2015 and growing at a CAGR of over 10% over the forecast period, which can be attributed to the increasing industrialization in the region.
Developing economies, such as China and India, are expected to foresee proliferation in various industries such as pulp & paper, metal & mining, power generation, and cement, which provides the base for the installation of TDLAs over the traditional analyzing devices.
The North American regional market accounted for over 25% of the overall TDLA industry share in 2015 and is projected to witness a steady growth over the next eight years. Stringent industrial emissions norms and regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. are expected to drive the demand for advanced TDLAs in the region.
The key industry participants include ABB Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., Siemens AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation. Major players have stepped their R&D expenditure for product differentiation and enhancement of quality for achieving industry domination. Moreover, companies are adopting strategic initiatives such as mergers, acquisitions, and alliances in order to facilitate the easy entry into the industry along with the regional expansion. Other notable players include Endress+Hauser Group, General Electric Corporation, Mettler-Toledo International Inc, Sick AG, and Servomex.
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